“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” – Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard
Cowardice to Die or Live at the Wrong Time 1 Samuel 31:4–6; 2 Samuel 1:9; 17:23; 1 Kings 16:18; 1 Chronicles 10:4–5; Matthew 27:5; Acts 1:18–19
He that would not die when he must, and he that would die when he must not, are both of them cowards alike. To desire to live when one is called to die is a sign of cowardice, for such a one is afraid to enter the list with the king of terrors. To desire to die when one is called to live speaks a faint-hearted creature, for such a man dares not look an affliction or disaster in the face; therefore would take shelter in death.
Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
Do Not Mention Anything to Your Own Credit Romans 12:3; 1 Corinthians 4:7; Philippians 2:3–4
On no account mention anything to your own credit, such as learning, good points or lineage, except with the hope of doing some good by it: then, speak humbly, remembering that such things are God’s gift.
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Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
In today’s society, many admire prosperous people as opposed to the needy. James tells us that those who have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are not to look at others in this way. He gives an example of two people entering a worship service, a wealthy person and another wearing rags. There could be a tendency, James writes, that we pay special attention to the rich man and ignore the one in rags, hoping he would slowly drift away. When we do so, we judge with evil thoughts. By making this distinction, we are saying the one is worthy to be in the household of God, while the other is not.
Worthiness then is based on worldly standards, not on a person’s faith in Jesus Christ. James reminds us that a person who is poor in the world can be rich in faith and heir to the kingdom of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Throughout the Bible, we see that God has a special interest in the poor and we must have that same attitude. If a politician or a rich man comes to a service we are not to treat them any more special than a homeless person. They are both image-bearers of God and both need the good news of Jesus Christ.
Suggestions for prayer
Pray that we would not look at people from a worldly perspective but with the eyes of Christ.
Pastor Richard Bultje is a United Reformed missionary and pastor in the River of Life church plant in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Pastor Richard and his wife, Yukyung moved to Niagara Falls in November 2012 with their three children Calvin, Isaiah and Gloria. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.
For the elect’s sake those days be shortened. (Matthew 24:22)
For the sake of His elect the Lord withholds many judgments and shortens others. In great tribulations the fire would devour all were it not that out of regard to His elect the Lord damps the flame. Thus, while He saves His elect for the sake of Jesus, He also preserves the race for the sake of His chosen.
What an honor is thus put upon saints! How diligently they ought to use their influence with their Lord! He will hear their prayers for sinners and bless their efforts for their salvation. He blesses believers that they may be a blessing to those who are in unbelief. Many a sinner lives because of the prayers of a mother, or wife, or daughter to whom the Lord has respect.
Have we used aright the singular power with which the Lord entrusts us? Do we pray for our country, for other lands, and for the age? Do we, in times of war, famine, pestilence, stand out as intercessors, pleading that the days may be shortened? Do we lament before God the outbursts of infidelity, error, and licentiousness? Do we beseech our Lord Jesus to shorten the reign of sin by hastening His own glorious appearing? Let us get to our knees and never rest till Christ appeareth.
First Corinthians 8 is Paul’s response to a gray-area question dividing the church at Corinth. Paul doesn’t simply give the Corinthians a “yes” or “no” answer to their questions about eating meat sacrificed to idols. He helps them think through the purpose of their liberty and the implications of the activity. He wants them to consider the effect it will have on believers whose consciences are not so free. And while eating meat sacrificed to idols is not an issue most believers will face in the church today, Paul’s instructions give us a lot of practical help for the gray areas we will face.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. “ Romans 12:2
There is a mighty battle going on for control of your mind. Heaven and earth intersect there and the tugs of both spheres influence your thinking. God created us with the capacity to experience foretastes of heaven, but we have to shut out the world and focus on His presence in order to experience it.
The world exerts a downward pull on our thoughts. Media bombards us with greed, lust and cynicism. We must pray for protection and discernment. We must stay in continual communication with Jesus as we walk through the wastelands of the world.
Refuse to worry, because this form of worldliness will weigh you down and block awareness of His presence. We must remain on guard, stay alert and recognize the battle being waged against our mind as we look forward to an eternity free of strife-free living reserved for us in heaven.
Paul tells us in Romans 8:6 that the mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. 1 John 2:15,17 tells us to not love the world or anything in the world because the world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
How are you doing in your battle? Who is winning …. the way of the world (Satan) or the way of heaven (Jesus)? Electronic communications, the media and the grip of Satan on the world around us makes this a fierce battle and all the more difficult for those not grounded in the Word of God. It is daily. It is constant, but for those of us who have professed Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we know who will win in the end.
By John Grant Used by Permission John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney
“Sit still! Don’t wiggle!” How often have you said those words to a squirmy child? How often have you whispered those words to yourself as you mentally fidget while reading the Bible or praying? Or—more likely—when disease or disaster looms?
Experts agree that the words of Psalm 46 probably weren’t written while God’s beloved children roamed green pastures or rested beside still waters. It is more likely that they were escaping advancing hordes and enraged tyrants. Even nature seemed to conspire against them with quaking mountains and roaring waters.
After describing these horrors, the writer extols the glory and power of God and finally slips in, “Be still!”, or more literally, “Cease, relax, quit striving, chill out!” How is this possible and how do I learn to live like this as a general rule?
The Apostle Paul, writing to Christians under similar conditions, gives encouraging advice: “Rejoice! Don’t be anxious! Pray with thanksgiving about everything!” And finally this promise: “Then the peace of God which is beyond human understanding will calm your fears and give you mental quiet” (Philippians 4:4-7).
It’s this practice of joy-filled living, intentional prayer, and increased understanding of the nature of God that leads to and feeds the practice of stillness. This doesn’t happen casually or overnight. It takes a daily surrender over the irritating minutiae of life, agreement with a loving God that He has purpose and plan for each of us.
It’s hard for me to sit still, Father. If I’m not squirming with impatience, I’m running ahead of you at my own favored pace. Remind me, please, of the benefit of stillness as I sit before you daily
You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go always, not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most. Observe: It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance, and with all your power to build them up in that holiness without which they cannot see the Lord.
Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
We Know God when We Know He Is Above What We Know Exodus 15:11; Job 11:7–9; 38:1–3; 42:2–6; Psalm 145:3; Ecclesiastes 1:3; 3:11; 8:16–17; Isaiah 55:9 1 Corinthians 1:20–21
Then alone do we know God truly, when we believe that He is far above all that man can possibly think of God, because the divine essence surpasses man’s natural knowledge.
Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
“The Science” has fallen victim to the Demos’ power agenda.
“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” —Benjamin Franklin (1759)
This week in the ChiCom Virus war, battles over vaxxing mandates and vax passports are heating up. Companies with more than 100 employees (an estimated 80 million workers), as well as municipal governments, are bearing the consequences of Joe Biden’s planned OSHA vaccine mandate.
Recall how last month, while attempting to divert the nation’s attention from a plethora of administrative failures, most notably his disgraceful surrender and retreat from Afghanistan, Biden admonished the unvaccinated, saying, “We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin.” Contrary to his prior assurance, “I don’t think it should be mandatory,” this time Biden asserted, “Your refusal [to submit to vaccination] has cost all of us.” He declared he would ask OSHA to issue a vaccination mandate.
Now, a month later comes news that OSHA is recklessly moving forward with Biden’s wrecking ball vax mandate.
Clearly, Biden is in a lurch, because more Americans have died of COVID-19 this year than all of 2020. There have been 360,000 COVID deaths reported since January 1st, compared with 352,000 COVID deaths in the first 10 months of the pandemic. And Biden’s fearmongering has failed to spur more vaccinations — currently about 65% of Americans are fully vaccinated.
Thus, his abysmal public approval ratings notwithstanding, and amid a starved jobs market, Biden insists that companies and municipalities put their employees on notice: Get vaxxed or get fired. Many heeded his warning, but the deadlines they set are creating problems because significant numbers of employees are rejecting the mandates. In some municipalities, 30-40% of police and firefighters are refusing vaccines, either because they have already recovered from COVID or because they are healthy young people who are at very low risk.
On the corporate side, last weekend Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1,800 flights, ostensibly because of weather and because Jacksonville air traffic controllers were AWOL. The latter ATC staffing issue caused thousands of other flights to be routed far away to other controlled air space centers.
There is speculation that the Southwest cancellations were exacerbated by a pilot protest against the existing Biden executive order mandating that all federal employees, and by extension, all federal contractors, be vaccinated.
While the MSM dutifully reported that the cancellations were not related to Biden’s mandates, the pilots I contacted indicated that they were just covering for Biden. I asked several senior career airline pilots about whether the vax mandate was a Southwest factor versus the weather and scheduling issues. This response from another major carrier was representative: “The Biden mandate is the main factor. About 4,000 of our 15,000 pilots have not submitted the required documentation confirming they are in compliance. November 24th is drop dead date. Many will leave. Yearend travel is going to be FUBAR.”
Indeed, the day before the cancellations, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, their union, filed suit to block the vaccine mandate.
Notably, prompted by the cancellation debacle, Southwest CEO Gary Kelly declared: “I’ve never been in favor of corporations imposing that kind of a mandate. I’m not in favor of that. But the executive order from President Biden mandates that all federal employees and then all federal contractors, which covers all the major airlines, have to have a [vaccine] mandate … in place by December 8th, so we’re working through that.”
If Biden does not back down on asserting his authority with federal contractors and his OSHA mandate, the disruptions could metastasize to other economic sectors, including transportation and logistics. If you think the toilet paper shortage last year was a problem, just wait until shipping and trucking union members decide to slow things down and choke our already strained supply lines.
The good news is that Biden has an out — particularly with the 40-80 million Americans who have already recovered from COVID. He can amend his executive order and the OSHA mandate to not only allow regular testing as an option to vaccination but also affirm that natural immunity is sufficient protection.
But Biden’s equally narcissistic and non compos mentis troll, Anthony Fauci, the nation’s highest-paid bureaucrat, most assuredly won’t tolerate any effort by Biden to backpedal. Fauci, who has been buried in the bowels of various Beltway bureaucracy bubbles since 1968 — five years before Biden first arrived in DC — is now the de facto head of what was, just 18 months ago, considered to be the private domain of individuals and private-sector enterprise.
In December of last year, Fauci acknowledged “moving the goal posts.” According to The New York Times, “He is doing so, he said, partly based on new science, and partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.”
“Gut feelings”? What unmitigated paternalistic arrogance to suggest “the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.” Again, just what you would expect from a leach like this.
Given that Fauci has already been caught lying about his role in the NIH funding of the Wuhan virology lab’s gain-of-function research, yet is completely unable to accept any accountability, it is long past time for him to go.
Moreover, it is now apparent that Fauci refuses to acknowledge and affirm the efficacy of natural immunity, despite strong evidence it is more than sufficient.
When asked recently about the protection afforded by natural immunity, Fauci responded: “I don’t have a really firm answer for you on [natural immunity]. That’s something that we’re going to have to discuss regarding the durability of the response. … I think that is something that we need to sit down and discuss seriously.”
Anytime now would be good.
Fauci’s flippant response prompted Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to protest: “Almost 20 months into the pandemic, it is shocking that the chief medical advisor to the president does not have a firm grasp on the effectiveness of natural immunity. … This administration clearly does not want the public to question whether natural immunity is more effective than vaccines. As President Biden revealingly declared, the vaccine mandate ‘is not about freedom or personal choice.’ This administration’s decision to disregard the effectiveness of natural immunity and demand vaccination ignores current data and is an assault on all Americans’ civil liberties.”
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine professor Dr. Mary Makary has declared: “There’s ample scientific evidence that natural immunity is effective and durable, and public-health leaders should pay it heed.” He estimates that more than 40% of Americans already have natural immunities.
Perhaps one conflict of interest factor motivating Big Gov’s mandate is that, unlike the hundreds of billions in profits from COVID vaccinations, natural immunity is free! But don’t let that get out, or else the mere mention of “natural immunity “will be banned by the First Amendment suppressors.
In the meantime, Fauci’s position remains as follows: “There comes a time when you do have to give up what you consider your individual right of making your own decision for the greater good of society.”
In the end, failing to allow for natural immunity exemptions is not about “the science.” It’s about statist power, the stuff that fuels Biden and his leftist cadres. Biden and Fauci are so far beyond their expiration dates that they are in effect dead men walking and don’t care. The consequences of their actions will have no effect on them.
So, what’s next on the mandate battlefront? Biden has instructed states to prepare to vaccinate young children, who are at virtually no risk for serious illness from the virus.
Footnote: By way of disclaimer, I am not opposed to vaccinations, including CV19 vaccinations, especially for those over 60 and anyone with substantial comorbidity factors. I take an annual flu vaccination, and this has, in part, assured that I have not missed a day of work in a decade. But I am adamantly opposed to mandatory masking and vaccination by government diktat.
Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
More Than One Hundred Ohio Clergy Tell Biden ‘There Is No King But King Jesus,’ over Vaccine Mandate Biden’s executive orders mandating shots are not popular with the American public. With resistance to the experimental COVID-19 vaccination going viral across the country, a group of Ohio clergy are taking a jab at the White House’s mandate. (Image: via Frontlines Ohio) Leading clergy representing over one hundred congregations across the Buckeye Bible Belt are giving their disapproval of the national vaccine mandate and have written [Biden] in an open letter.
Revolt of the ‘masses’ Parents are assailing school boards over Critical Race Theory and transgender madness. So much so that the Biden Justice Department is sending out the FBI to investigate whether, as the National School Boards Association bombastically charges, some parents are guilty of “domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” Boy, it’s lucky for those BLM/Antifa rioters in 2020 that they refrained from badmouthing teachers and school officials while torching the cities. Their “peaceful protests” might have been investigated.
Florida County Fined $3.5M for Vaccine Mandate Florida’s Leon County is facing a $3.57 million fine for mandating vaccines for its 714 employees, the Tallahassee Democrat is reporting. A total of 14 workers were dismissed after they declined to get the vaccine. A violation notice from the Florida Department of Health was sent to county officials on Oct. 6. “Leon County government is assessed a total fine of $3,570,000.00,” Florida Department of Health Division Director Douglas Woodlief wrote. “Payment must be made within 30 days of the final order in this matter,” indicating check or money order was acceptable.
Total solar eclipse of December 4, 2021 A total solar eclipse sweeps across Antarctica on December 4, 2021. People located at the southernmost tips of South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand will experience the partial phases. The path of the moon’s umbral shadow begins in the Southern Ocean about 300 miles (500 km) southeast of the Falkland Islands, crosses the Antarctic continent, and ends at sunset in the Southern Ocean.
911 System In Jeopardy As First Responders Reject Jab The American Ambulance Association (AAA) warned House and Senate leaders the “nation’s EMS system is facing a crippling workforce shortage, a long-term problem that has been building for more than a decade. It threatens to undermine our emergency 9-1-1 infrastructure and deserves urgent attention by Congress.” What’s making the EMS labor shortage worse is President Biden’s vaccine mandates. First responders are quitting across the county because they don’t want to get the jab and have realized they can transfer to other higher-paying jobs.
Oregon Senators Call For Investigation Into Alleged COVID-19 Statistical Manipulation The lawmakers stated that a whistleblower, under sworn testimony, said the data reported under the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System may have been underreported by a factor of five. Regarding the diagnosis of COVID-19 through widely-used PCR tests, the senators said that the CDC and the FDA’s setting of one particular test parameter—the cycle threshold—generated “false positives resulting in inflated numbers of COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.”
UN Tells Greta Thunberg To Pound Sand Over Climate Complaint After three years of deliberations, an 18-member UN panel told Swedish climate alarmist Greta Thunberg to pound sand – saying that it could not immediately rule on a complaint that state inaction on climate change violates children’s rights – and that the teenage exhibitionist should have taken the case to national courts first.
Brace yourself! Brexit trade war about to explode – EU fury mounts over Frost ultimatum Lord Frost said the UK was ready to suspend the Northern Ireland Protocol through Article 16 in order to safeguard the peace process of the Good Friday Agreement. In a keynote speech in Lisbon, the UK Brexit minister said the protocol, agreed with the EU as part of the UK’s divorce settlement, was not working and that fundamental change was necessary if it was to survive.
US special forces are secretly training troops in Taiwan to counter Chinese threat A group of two dozen special operations soldiers and US Marines has been training members of the Taiwanese military to improve their chances of offering a defence against an attack. The US group has been there for at least a year and is training both Taiwanese ground troops and maritime forces, including those operating small boats, US officials told the Wall Street Journal.
New fault lines are appearing in the Middle East There is a disturbing trend within Washington − manifested most dramatically by the devastating retreat from Afghanistan − to simply turn away from the pressing problems of the Middle East and to pour all of our energies into the Asia-Pacific theater. The United States is now regarded as a paper tiger within the Middle East. This is dramatically illustrated by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s talk during the opening of the UN General Assembly last week when he stated that “sanctions are the United States’ new way of war with the nations of the world.”
Greece quake: Strong tremor shakes Crete The Greek island of Crete has been hit a 6.4-magnitude earthquake, says the US Geological Survey (USGS), with the epicentre near the eastern tip. Some buildings were damaged, and thousands of people were seen leaving their homes in panic. There are so far no reports of casualties.
Massive Solar Flare Hits Planet Earth: Here’s Why It Could Be Malachi’s Prophecy While many enjoyed increased aurora borealis activity thanks to a massive solar flare that hit the Earth on Monday, one scientist noted that precisely such a cosmic event was prophesied to usher in the final days. Coming during a period of increased solar activity, the solar flare observed on Saturday was an M-class event, the second-strongest category.
Record number of Jewish pilgrims on Temple Mount in September Beyadenu, an organization of students and young people working for Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, announced that a record number of Jews ascended to the Temple Mount last month. Beyadenu trains and provides free guides for the site and thanks to their work, 6,102 Jews toured the Temple Mount.
Potent western storm shifts into the 4-corners and Plains, U.S. Heavy snow and powerful winds in the Great Basin mountains, Rockies, and into the High Plains will create hazardous travel conditions, NWS warned on October 12, 2021. Severe storms developing in the Plains ahead of this front may have damaging winds, large hail, and a couple of tornadoes.
Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Crete, Greece A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) as M6.3 hit the eastern coast of Crete, Greece at 09:24 UTC on October 12, 2021. The agency is reporting a depth of 8.2 km (5 miles). USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This is the second powerful quake to hit Crete since September 27.
Connecting the Dots Regarding the Deliberate Apocalypse Befalling the United States I recently interviewed Bob Griswold of Readymaderesources.com and found that our independent analysis of the crises facing America, all which potentially represent a “nation-extinction-level” of events, are simultaneously in place could very well kills tens if not hundreds of millions of Americans. Remember, the Deagel Report predicted over 250 million American deaths, from various causes, by 2025.
U.S. Troops Have Been Deployed in Taiwan for at Least a Year A U.S. special-operations unit and a contingent of Marines have been secretly operating in Taiwan to train military forces there, U.S. officials said, part of efforts to shore up the island’s defenses as concern regarding potential Chinese aggression mounts.
“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.” —Thomas Jefferson (1787)
She insists that it’s the media’s job to “sell” the Democrats’ policy agenda to the American public.
Americans don’t know much about what’s in the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion socialist spending bill. A reporter recently asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if she thought she needed “to do a better job at messaging, and going forward, how do you sell this?” Pelosi retorted, “Well, I think you all could do a better job of selling it, to be very frank with you.”
In other words, Pelosi says it is the media that is failing to do its “job” and promote the Democrats’ political agenda. The reason for our existence beginning 25 years ago is something we routinely note: Much of the MSM simply serves as the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party. Pelosi just admitted that reality, albeit by expressing her disappointment at its insufficiency.
And yet the MSM has gone out of its way to cover for Biden. That was true in the lead-up to the election, with the most glaring example being the spiking of the Hunter Biden laptop bombshell about Biden family corruption that included the “big guy” himself. After the media helped Biden win, “journalists” have continued to protect him by going along with his coached and directed press conferences. They even circle the wagons with the “fact-checkers,” who run interference for things like when it’s revealed that Biden received his vaccine booster on a staged set.
While Pelosi’s focus was on the ongoing struggle to get all Democrats on board with their $3.5 trillion spending bill, her response also reveals a broader reality. Biden’s polling numbers have been in a nosedive since midsummer. While the most obvious reason for this can be attributed to Americans reacting against Biden’s disastrous policy decisions, Pelosi sees it as the failure of the MSM to “sell” the Democrats’ agenda.
More so than any administration in recent history, Biden’s presidency is heavily reliant on media production — everything from the aforementioned White House studio set to Kamala Harris’s spacey NASA videos in which child actors fill in as ordinary children. Clearly, there’s a concerted effort to rehab Americans’ unfavorable views of both Harris and Biden. The Biden administration is invested in trying to pass off the fake as authentic, and the media is happy to go along.
And why wouldn’t they? The more Americans are made aware of the genuine situation behind Biden’s loudly declared “unity” pledge of moderation, which was simply cover for implementing the most radical leftist agenda in presidential history, the more they are souring on him. And now even a sympathetic MSM is having trouble hiding just how bad things are. Putting lipstick on a pig doesn’t mean it’s not a pig.
The Leftmedia hides the woke politics of a Maryland couple arrested for trying to sell our nation’s nuclear sub secrets.
Perhaps you heard: A Maryland couple was arrested Saturday for attempting to sell secret information about our nation’s nuclear submarines to an as-yet unnamed foreign power.
According to a federal criminal complaint that was unsealed Sunday, Jonathan Toebbe, a 42-year-old former U.S. Navy officer and nuclear engineer, and his wife, Diana, were caught when it turned out the foreign operative he thought he was dealing with was actually an undercover FBI agent. Federal authorities say he loaded secrets about the Navy’s Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines on a blue, plastic-coated SD memory card, then hid the card inside such things as an adhesive bandage wrapper, a chewing gum package, and a peanut butter sandwich.
Or maybe you didn’t hear about this — which would be odd, given that the propulsion systems of our nuclear subs are one of the U.S. military’s most tightly guarded secrets, and given that such a scheme would directly threaten our national security.
The New York Times covered it in a 14-paragraph article published Sunday and updated Monday. But readers who failed to read the very last sentence of the article would’ve missed out on a telling detail about Diana Toebbe, who served as a lookout for her husband during his information drops. As the Times reports, “Ms. Toebbe was a teacher and yearbook adviser with a devoted following among students and graduates who admired her fierce feminism and progressive outlook.”
Ah, and how might that “fierce feminism and progressive outlook” manifest itself?
Answer: in hatred of former President Donald Trump and in support of Marxist pressure groups like Black Lives Matter. Thank goodness for Fox News, which reported that Ms. Toebbe’s Facebook account “is filled with liberal talking points on the Black Lives Matter movement and feminism,” and her Twitter account and Instagram page have “repeated posts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, including … a post last year celebrating the social media protest against racism called ‘#blackouttuesday.’” And thank goodness for the UK’s Daily Mail, which also probed those social media accounts and found she supports “The Resistance,” and Hillary Clinton, and “stopping Donald Trump.”
At least the Times mentioned Diana Toebbe’s politics. That’s more that we can say for The Washington Post, which ran an extravagantly detailed 26-paragraph article on Monday and a nine-paragraph follow-up yesterday without telling their readers anything about the ideology that might’ve driven this traitorous couple to do what they did. All The Post tells us is that Diana Toebbe “was a meticulous teacher who pushed students to think in new ways.”
In any case, we credit the FBI for having taken these alleged traitors down, and we thank the unnamed nation that clued our authorities in and cooperated at every turn. The couple is being charged with violating the Atomic Energy Act, which restricts the disclosure of information related to atomic weapons or nuclear materials, and they face a potential maximum penalty of life in prison.
Whatever happened to seeking the death penalty for traitors?
Regardless, maybe our nation would be better off if Joe Biden, Lloyd Austin, and Mark Milley spent a little less time searching for those 17 elusive white supremacists and instead paid a bit more attention to rooting out the America-hating leftist traitors in our midst.
The reasons are myriad, but it’s all part of an economic picture of malaise.
Where are all the workers? We asked that question upon seeing yet another disappointing jobs report last Friday. The labor market is, after all, still five million workers short of pre-pandemic levels. Well, yesterday the Labor Department reported that a record 4.3 million people quit their jobs in August. Why?
Job openings were revised upward to 11.1 million for July, but dropped to 10.4 million in August. As MarketWatch reports, maybe the openings themselves are the reason for the quitting: “Generally more people quit when the economy is doing well or they think they can find a better job.” With employers paying more and increasing benefit offerings, workers are switching jobs by the millions.
Some of the details indicate just that. CNBC reports, “A total of 892,000 workers in the food service and accommodation industries left their jobs, while 721,000 retail workers departed.”
Still, it seems to be a bit of a conundrum that 4.3 million folks quit while openings decreased, but it could represent a slowdown in economic activity, at least in some sectors, reducing the need for workers. That’s hardly a good thing.
There’s also a great deal of COVID upheaval. CNBC says the quitters include “534,000 in health care and social assistance,” a great number of whom are probably unvaccinated and choosing to quit rather than comply with mandates. Moreover, the quitting corresponded with a rise in COVID cases and schools closing or going “hybrid” or even just individual kids being sent home for quarantine. Someone has to stay home with young kids. Indeed, while 194,000 jobs were created in September, women actually lost 26,000.
Another factor worth mentioning again is the enhanced unemployment benefits that often paid more than a job. That all ended nationwide in September, but only a week before data was collected for the jobs report, meaning it’s too early to tell what effect that had. And there are still plenty of jobless incentives provided by the government.
The market may be more permanently changing, too. “Labor scarcity combined with customer demands will motivate employers to shift even faster to adopt automation and labor-saving technologies,” writes George Mason University’s Michael Farren. “This could lead to the last unemployed workers discovering that the jobs they were holding out for have evaporated. A classic case of the early bird being right after all.”
He adds: “We should also consider that perhaps the economy has entered a completely new paradigm — one in which a subset of workers have discovered that they can get by on very little, and who view lots of leisure time as a sufficient tradeoff. After all, preferences change, and markets change with them.”
Regardless, the critical labor shortage is causing supply shortages, which is driving up prices at the highest rate since 1991. The consumer price index rose once again in September, and the year-over-year inflation measure is now 5.4%. Meat prices are up 12.6% since last year, driving a lot of that $175 in additional monthly expenses we recently reported American families are facing.
Shortages of everything from semiconductors to new cars go along with cargo ships sitting unloaded offshore because there aren’t enough workers to unload them and because there aren’t enough truckers to move products around the nation. The supply malaise led a White House official to warn that Christmas stockings might be a little thin this year: “There will be things that people can’t get.”
This isn’t the America Joe Biden promised he’d deliver. If his successor would be any better, we’d suggest it’s time for him to quit.
A student spearheaded an effort to tarnish a professor and blacklist the 1965 film “Othello.”
There is something that raises ire in the heart of this teacher when the ignorant, self-righteous, and intolerant students have more power than a sage, intelligent, and well-respected college educator. That’s exactly what’s happening to Bright Sheng, distinguished professor and composer at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. His crime? Showing the 1965 film “Othello” in which cultural icon Laurence Olivier played the title character. Olivier is white. Othello is black.
The student who started the ruckus was a freshman named Olivia Cook, who called what Olivier was doing “blackface.” This incited more activist students who are more interested in their “holy cause” than seeking to understand the cultural and social circumstances behind the casting or the professor’s original lesson. Professor Sheng issued two apologies and even stepped down from teaching the seminar in which he had shown the film. Invariably, this was still not enough for the outraged students, because there is never enough punishment to satisfy The Mob.
There are numerous miscarriages of justice in this situation. For example, the students are stubbornly sticking to their guns that watching said film is absolutely, positively offensive. Yet the professor had many good reasons for showing the film. He was demonstrating how opera composer Giuseppe Verdi had adapted this famous Shakespearian play. He also was not bothered by the fact that Olivier, a white actor, played the black Othello. Cross-casting is a regular practice in opera, just as Shakespeare had cross-gender casting in his plays.
These student activists are destroying Western culture — and would actually be proud if you pointed this out to them. According to the tenants of Robin DiAngelo in White Fragility, the culture of the West and its institutions are systemically racist. Really, though, both DiAngelo and these student iconoclasts have fallen into the ultimate trap: keeping themselves ignorant through blind activism.
Isn’t the point of going to college to learn, thereby becoming well-informed, educated, and cultured individuals? By canceling everything that isn’t currently kosher according to the “Doctrine of Woke,” Black Lives Matter, and Critical Race Theory, they allow their lack of critical thinking and mindlessness to continue. They shut down the conversation. This is clearly seen when Professor Sheng in his first apology cited other instances in which operas were cross-cast. Instead of starting a conversation, these blind fools simply got angrier. How dare this professor continue in his “sin”? How dare he try to educate?
The student iconoclasts called this professor a racist for showing “Othello” even though Sheng is an immigrant from China who lived through that country’s Cultural Revolution. Unlike his students, he has a far better idea of what living under a genuinely repressive institution is like. You’d think this would give him that coveted status preached by CRT that only oppressed people have. Instead, these snotty, know-nothing college undergrads still have more oppression points than him?
Ultimately, the adults involved hold just as much — if not more — blame as the outrage-chasing undergrads. The school is a huge player in this injustice by not supporting learning and discussion but instead simply shutting them down. Furthermore, the school is letting this teaching moment pass these students by — the height of cowardice and political short-sightedness — and allowing these students’ minds to remain in the heretical darkness of the Doctrine of Woke. It is here where intellect and culture are allowed to die, all at the hands of a mini-activist freshman and at the expense of a world-renowned composer.
Former conservative Jonah Goldberg and his ilk want to “cause the GOP some pain” by sabotaging its electoral chances.
For a brief time in 2016, former conservative columnist and bestselling author Jonah Goldberg belonged to what we might charitably call “the principled opposition.” He opposed Donald Trump, he says, on matters of both policy and personality, and he pulled for any Republican primary candidate who might overtake him. Fair enough. We liked Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, too.
But then, after Trump had made mincemeat out of Cruz, Rubio, and the rest of the GOP field, it was time for the party to come home, to coalesce, as it always does, around its candidate. But Goldberg, perhaps fearing the opprobrium of his Beltway neighbors, kept on attacking the fair-and-square winner of the Republican presidential primary. In that respect, he was like the playground whiner who took his football and went home.
Six years later, Goldberg is no longer a Republican, nor even a compelling conservative thinker. These days, he’s like that Dan Aykroyd character in “Trading Places”: He’s lost his job, lost his reputation, lost his sobriety, and now he’s wearing a soiled Santa outfit and eating stolen salmon through a fake beard. Pretty soon, the mutt will pee on his leg, and it’ll start to rain.
Goldberg, the guy our Mark Alexander once called “one of the most amusing and engaging opinion writers I know,” is no longer amusing and no longer engaging. But he’s no longer merely an anti-Trumper, either. His derangement is now so thorough, so all-consuming, that he’s declared war on the Republican Party and the 49% of self-identified conservatives who want Trump to run for president again, and the 75% of that same group who want Trump to remain “a major national political figure.”
And so, lamenting the abject inability of beautiful losers like himself to influence the one-time party of Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney, the quisling Goldberg has come up with an idea to “cause the GOP some pain” going forward. He writes:
Why not create pressure outside of [the party]? Specifically, a third party with a simple, Reaganite conservative platform combined with a serious plank to defend the soundness of elections? For simplicity’s sake, think of it as a GOP minus the Trump personality cult.
If a Republican candidate met its requirements, a new party of the right could endorse the Republican, the way New York’s Conservative Party does. If not, a non-Trumpy candidate could play the role of spoiler by garnering enough conservative votes in the general election to throw the election to the Democrat. … The point is to cause the GOP some pain for its descent into asininity.
Enough. That Goldberg is dreaming about throwing elections to Democrats tells us all we need to know. He’s willing to harm the country, willing to join with the leftists he’s spent his entire adult life denouncing, if only to punish Republicans for supporting Donald Trump.
But while Jonah de la Mancha may be off titling at windmills, he isn’t entirely alone. In a New York Times op-ed titled “We Are Republicans. There’s Only One Way to Save Our Party From Pro-Trump Extremists,” two RINOs — former Homeland Security Chief of Staff Miles Taylor and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman — are urging Republicans to vote for Democrats in the 2022 midterms.
Goldberg loves to talk about Trump’s narcissism, but what other word describes his own unwillingness to admit that the guy whose candidacy he tried to shiv turned out to be the most popular Republican since Ronald Reagan?
Finally, Goldberg once complained that Trump was “corrupting conservatism.” In fact, he’s remade conservatism, expanded its appeal to blue-collar and minority voters, taught it how to fight and how to win. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis — young, tough, gutsy, polished, and deeply informed — is emblematic of this. Where conservatives were once well-intentioned milquetoasts, Trump has shown them how to be maulers. Where Republicans were once at the mercy of an agenda-driven media, Trump has taught them how to throat-punch. Trump didn’t “corrupt” conservatism; he rescued it from electoral irrelevancy.
Thus, the real “extremists” are those who, like Goldberg, Taylor, Todd Whitman, and the scummy Lincoln Projectors, refuse to acknowledge Trump’s massive and enduring appeal. Not only are they Never-Trumpers, they’re now Never-Republicans.
The Biden administration scrambles to address a major, long-term supply chain deficiency.
The American auto industry is continuing to suffer from a major supply chain issue. A shortage of semiconductors has cut the supply of new automobiles available for sale by some 70% from pre-pandemic levels, driving up prices of both new and used cars. And the end of this semiconductor supply shortage is still likely over a year away.
The response to COVID — aggressive shutdowns of semiconductor factories in Asia combined with California Governor Gavin Newsom’s heavy-handed restrictions — is continuing to slow any prospect of a robust recovery. Due to Newsom’s COVID policies, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are operating at just 60% capacity, even as hundreds of thousands of shipping containers sit on ships off the coast waiting to be unloaded.
The supply chain was not designed to handle political leaders with an agenda. Stopping businesses via sustained COVID lockdowns and then attempting to restart them, in some cases months later, does not produce an immediate return to business as normal. Likewise, continuing to force restrictions on businesses in the supply chain only slows the recovery.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is making an effort to address the semiconductor shortage by threatening businesses with the Defense Production Act to compel companies to hand over supply chain data. “What I told them is I don’t want to have to do anything compulsory, but if they don’t comply, then they’ll leave me no choice,” warned Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. “We’re evaluating all of our options right now, all the tools. I hope not to go there but we need to see some progress and we definitely need compliance.”
How about calling up Newsom and demanding he completely lift his COVID policies? Or why doesn’t Biden give another press conference, this time announcing that he won’t actually issue his vaccine mandate? Finally, given that Taiwan is a major manufacture of semiconductors, warn China to back off the independent island nation.
Insight: “The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.” —Plato (429-347 BC)
“Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a worldview. When you realize that, you’ll realize why it should be vigorously opposed. CRT isn’t about teaching history (as many of its proponents would have you believe), it’s about subjectively re-prosecuting history through a Marxist teleology.” —Darrell B. Harrison
“The problem with trying to equalize is that you can usually only equalize downward.” —Thomas Sowell
Revisionist history: “Since 1934, every October, the United States has recognized the voyage of the European explorers who first landed on the shores of the Americas. But that is not the whole story. That has never been the whole story. Those explorers ushered in a wave of devastation for tribal nations — perpetrating violence, stealing land, and spreading disease. We must not shy away from this shameful past, and we must shed light on it and do everything we can to address the impact of the past on native communities today.” —Vice President Kamala Harris
Baghdad Bob: “I’ve never been more optimistic about this country than I am right now. We are going to pass both the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Agenda — and start building this economy to beat the competition and deliver for working families.” —President Joe Biden
Numerical gymnastics: “The Build Back Better [legislation] is three baskets: It’s climate … health, jobs, security, and moral responsibility.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Leftmedia, Exhibit A: “I think you all [the media] could do a better job of selling it, to be very frank with you.” —Nancy Pelosi
Picking up where Obama left off: “The president wants to make fundamental change in our economy and he feels coming out of the pandemic is exactly the time to do that.” —White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki (“You will be ordered to forget the stronger America you knew before Joe Biden got into the White House. You will be made to accept your decline.” —John Hayward)
Damage control: “[Biden] believes that what happened to [Senator Kyrsten Sinema] crossed the line and [it] was absolutely unacceptable and flat-out wrong to violate someone’s personal space in a bathroom. It doesn’t need to happen that way. We can peacefully protest without it crossing that line. So that continues to be his point of view.” —Jen Psaki (“Apparently Biden meant to say, ‘absolutely unacceptable and flat out wrong’ and it just happened to accidentally come out, ‘it happens to everybody… . It’s part of the process.’” —Jim Geraghty)
Non compos mentis: “Once a staunch progressive, Arizona’s senior senator [Kyrsten Sinema] has taken a hard turn to the right.” —FiveThirtyEight elections analyst Nathaniel Rakich
Race bait: “Allen West, he is the zeitgeist of the Republican Party right now. They want that same kind of — they want that sort of all-natural flavor racism, but they want it in blackface with a 1990s flattop haircut. That’s what they want, and they can get that out of Allen West.” —MSNBC commentator Jason Johnson
The BIG Lie I: “[Glenn Youngkin] talks about Critical Race Theory. He talks about having these parents meetings on Critical Race Theory. It really bothers me because it is a racist dog whistle.” —Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe
The BIG Lie II: “This is a made-up. This is a Trump, Betsy DeVos, Glenn Youngkin plan to divide people. It really bothers me. I try to unite people. … Let’s just be clear. We don’t teach Critical Race Theory.” —Terry McAuliffe
Orwellian: “It may be that we actually have indoor mask wearing for years.” —New South Wales Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant
And last… “The most obvious case of media bias towards the left is the one you never see — the stories they choose not to cover or only give passing mention too. We all know how traditional outlets would cover Pence if he used child actors to appear relatable. Watch how they cover Harris.” —Erick Erickson
There are times in history when Christianity feels its place in society coming under threat. As it finds itself pushed to the margins, two temptations emerge. The first is an angry sense of entitlement, an impulse to denounce the entire world and withdraw into cultural isolation. In the early twentieth century, American Fundamentalism offered a good example of this tendency, renouncing public engagement and defining itself against alcohol, evolution, the movies—characteristic productions of the society by which it felt attacked. Arguably, we see something of the same thing today in evangelical support for Donald Trump, though in this case populist Protestantism is contending for America’s future rather than retreating from its present. I dare say readers of The Christian Century wish that truculent evangelicals would take the Benedict Option.
Former President Donald Trump has called out his successor Joe Biden, pointing to the supply chain issues, inflation, foreign policy, and even the coronavirus pandemic to ask if Americans miss his tenure in the White House.
“[Covid] is raging out of control, our supply chains are crashing with little product in our stores, we were humiliated in Afghanistan, our Border is a complete disaster, gas prices and inflation are zooming upward—how’s Biden doing? Do you miss me yet?” Trump said in a statement on Wednesday.
It was posted on Twitter by his spokeswoman Liz Harrington.
“COVID is raging out of control, our supply chains are crashing with little product in our stores, we were humiliated in Afghanistan, our Border is a complete disaster, gas prices and inflation are zooming upward—how’s Biden doing? Do you miss me yet?” pic.twitter.com/xpxErrtH4P
Though the tone of the statement resembled his trademark tweets, Trump was banned from the platform in January – while still the sitting president – after Twitter said his words could be interpreted by some as inciting violence following the riot at the US Capitol.
He has since needled Biden – whom he refuses to accept as the legitimate president – in a series of statements.
Wednesday’s mini-rant comes on the heels of reports that annual inflation in the US has reached 5.4%, the highest increase since the 2008 financial crisis.
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Consumer prices rose 0.4% in September, even more than in August. Groceries, gasoline – which reached its highest average price in years – heating fuel, rent, furniture, and new cars were the most affected.
Labor shortages at major ports have also caused supply chain disruptions and empty shelves at stores across the US. Meanwhile, over a million migrants have crossed the US border illegally since Biden’s inauguration; while a small number were deported, most were released into the country and allowed to claim asylum.
Biden called the US exit from Afghanistan an “extraordinary success,” even though the Taliban took over the country weeks before the last American troops were able to withdraw. Millions of dollars’ worth of weapons and equipment given to the Afghan Army also ended up in Taliban hands.
While over 100,000 Afghans were airlifted out of Kabul, some – including the very interpreter that helped rescue Biden when he visited the country as a senator – were left behind to be saved by private charities.
Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley on Wednesday called for a special counsel to be appointed to investigate President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, for reportedly sharing a bank account. The younger Biden is already under federal investigation over his taxes.
Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo told “The Faulkner Focus” on Wednesday that the new emails reportedly showing President Biden and his son Hunter shared bank accounts is a “huge problem” for the White House.
At least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S., often with little to no supervision, by the Biden administration since March – including a broad use of limited parole authorities to make more than 30,000 eligible for work permits since August, Border Patrol documents obtained by Fox News show.